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    Hey! I live in Sewanee. I teach at St....

    Hey! I live in Sewanee. I teach at St. Andrew's-Sewanee, the local boarding/day high school. We have about 10 miles of trails for hiking/running/biking that adjoin to the university trails. I'd say...
  2. I live 10 minutes from here. It is limestone as...

    I live 10 minutes from here. It is limestone as others have said, and water dissolves it in interesting patterns.

    The really interesting part of the geology is Fiery Gizzard, though, is that some...
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    I mean, he was trailing us about 50 feet back,...

    I mean, he was trailing us about 50 feet back, peering around trees as if being stealthy. No more verbal contact was made after we jumped in front of him. The odd thing was, we clearly saw him...
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    We were aware of the ATCs official statement; we...

    We were aware of the ATCs official statement; we had heard almost verbatim what you just wrote. No other information was available. The rumors kept talking about the Priest but no specific location...
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    We had a hard time finding information, as you...

    We had a hard time finding information, as you say, but hikers were gossiping at the shelters each night. My partner and I stealth camped for two weeks south of the Priest just to avoid the strange...
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    Yeah, one of the (many) strange parts of our...

    Yeah, one of the (many) strange parts of our encounter was him drawing attention to a certain anatomical area. He pointed to a scratch near his pelvis and joked, "occupational hazard." We (my hiking...
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    So many from which to choose (from my 2011 thru...

    So many from which to choose (from my 2011 thru hike alone)!

    Stumbled upon the Vermont Freehikers or something like that. Of course, before making conversation, we just saw 9 naked old men. No...
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    Yep, there was a sharp switchback to the right...

    Yep, there was a sharp switchback to the right (we were descending from Saddle Tree toward Big Fat) at a rock, so we continued straight on the rock to that amazing view and then saw a false trail...
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    Tipi, Thanks for the suggestions. I've been to...

    Tipi,

    Thanks for the suggestions. I've been to Cohutta a lot both solo and with groups, but I always venture near Jacks or Conasauga areas, so lots of waist deep rivers crossings in February might...
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    This sounds intriguing. I never noticed that...

    This sounds intriguing. I never noticed that figure 8 possibility. Are there campsites large enough for 3 - 4 tents along the Duncan Ridge, Jarrard, and Slaughter trails? Also, other than Blood Mtn,...
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    Loop (or "lollipop loop") Itineraries

    Greetings,

    I lead a large group of young folks on a 4 day, 3 night backpack trip every February. Typically, we do 30 mile sections of the AT (about 8 miles a day).

    We've pretty much done from...
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    Bleach is the way to go! I'm still not sure why...

    Bleach is the way to go! I'm still not sure why it hasn't caught on other than a common but misguided fear of it. NOLS and Redcross both recommend as safe. It is cheap. I bring two bottles in case...
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    During my 2011 thru-hike, a hiker was tagged on...

    During my 2011 thru-hike, a hiker was tagged on the ankle by a copperhead while filling up at a water source behind a shelter (in VA). He remained calm and called emergency services. He wrote about...
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    Sometimes short term discomfort equals long term...

    Sometimes short term discomfort equals long term comfort!

    On my 2011 thru-hike, I ended up with excruciating plantar fasciitis somewhere around PA. I got the orange superfeet, and within 3 days I...
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    Thanks Tipi. Yes, I meant BMT (not Bartram). ...

    Thanks Tipi. Yes, I meant BMT (not Bartram).

    That's the loop I was curious about, the one that starts and ends at Beech Bottom and excludes Dally Gap altogether. I didn't know the name for the...
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    Loop in Cohutta

    I've done quite a few out-and-backs, and I've heard of the "Dally Gap Loop," but can anyone speak to the viability of this loop?:

    Park at Beech Bottom --> Hike to Jack's River trail -->...
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    Food for 100-mi wilderness

    Hey all,

    I'm starting the morning of June 16th so that I can summit Baxter the same day and spend only one night at KSC.
    I did some math and figure I'll make it to Monson in 9 days total (8...
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    SOBO, I'll be at the gates of BSP 7:30am on June...

    SOBO, I'll be at the gates of BSP 7:30am on June 16th.
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    Trail Name: undecided Sobo June 16 or 17 No...

    Trail Name: undecided
    Sobo
    June 16 or 17
    No approach

    1 month!
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